Voting power calculated by WalletHub; check out where NC stands

Nov. 3.  Tuesday, Nov. 8, is the date of the midterm elections in the U.S., and it’s your chance to have a say in who calls the shots in government— and on your wallet.

As Americans head to the polls, WalletHub has identified the states with the most and least influential voters in the country.

In North Carolina, Democrat Cheri Beasley and Republican candidate Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C, are vying for a U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Richard Burr, a Republican.

Locally, former NC Rep. Christy Clark, a Democrat, is challenging NC Rep. John Bradford, a Republican, for the District 98 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives. This race has shaped up as one of the most competitive races in the state.

Source: WalletHub

How NC ranks

–In US House elections, NC ranks fifth in among the states with the most and least powerful voters. Minnesota is first and Delaware last.

–In US Senate elections, NC ranks 31 in the states with the most and least powerful voters, sandwiched between South Carolina at 30 and Georgia at 32. Wyoming has the highest vote power and California the lowest.

–In the Voting Power by States rankings, NC placed 32nd with Wyoming first and Arizona last.

How much is your vote worth

With the population of the U.S. eligible to vote estimated at over 252,000,000, it’s easy to wonder how much your individual vote counts.

Although the U.S. gives all citizens age 18 or older the right to vote (aside from felons in most states), ballots carry different weights based on the state in which one lives.

Take California, for instance. Its estimated population is over 68 times greater than Wyoming’s, yet each state has two seats in the Senate. In this case, less is more: California’s votes are weakened exponentially because each of its senators must represent tens of millions more residents.

However, the House of Representatives apportions its seats by population, so California has 53 while Wyoming has just one. When it comes to presidential elections, too, California has 55 electoral votes while Wyoming has three. Even in all these cases, though, an individual Wyoming voter still has a bit more influence than a California voter.


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